Can the Equal Rights Amendment be Revived?
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) technically expired on June 30, 1982, the ratification deadline set by Congress, but a renewed push to resurrect and ratify this constitutional amendment gained momentum in 2017, with ratification by Illinois and Nevada. Now, ERA proponents are looking to secure ratification in a 38th state, which would round out the necessary three-fourths majority of the states required to pass an amendment. Two leading voices on either side of the debate over the ERA – Linda Coberly, chair of the national ERA Coalition Legal Task Force, and Inez Stepman, senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum – join host Jeffrey Rosen to detail the potential constitutional, legal, political, and cultural effects of adding the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.
Linda Coberly is managing partner in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn where her practice focuses on appellate law. She is the Chair of the national ERA Coalition’s Legal Task Force. Linda has briefed and argued numerous appeals in the Supreme Court, federal courts, and state appellate courts, and clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer.
Inez Stepman is a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and a senior contributor to The Federalist where she writes about politics and women’s issues. She previously served as Director of the Education and Workforce Development Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and has testified as an expert in state legislatures across the country.
Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.”
- Text of the Equal Rights Amendment (in House Joint Resolution 33)
- List of ERA legislation in Congress from the Alice Paul Institute
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
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